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RELEASED ON 27/ SEPTEMBER/ 2019
GOD IN THE WIND!
Our Lord Jesus Christ said to the Disciples:
'And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know Him, because He lives with you now and later will be in you". John 14:16&17.
Jesus was referring to the Holy Spirit, who like God the Father and God the Son existed from the very beginning.
The Disciples were waiting for the Holy Spirit at the 'Upper Room in Jerusalem as instructed by Jesus, (Acts 1:4) then bible says;
"And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability".
Brethren, the Holy Spirit whom the Disciples were waiting for came upon them through the wind!
That explains the title of this message; God in the Wind.
Many bible verses attest to the notion that the wind is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
Apparently, our Lord Jesus had earlier spoken about the correlation between the wind and the Holy Spirit when He said;
"The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
Interestingly, one of the 'fruit' of the Holy Spirit is Peace, Galatians 5:22&23,
When Jesus was on a boat sleeping while the Disciples were terrified as a result of a violent wind,
the Disciples woke Him up and Jesus spoke to the wind saying;
“Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm".
Without doubt, the most recognizable attribute of the Holy Spirit is the wind.
The wind of God is very powerful. In fact, the greatest miracle ever recorded in the bible happened as a result of the effect of the wind;
The miracle of parting the Red Sea stood out amongst other miracles in the bible. God parted the Red Sea by the power of the Wind; the bible says;
"Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord drove the sea back by a strong east wind all night and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
In another instance, God used the wind to stop the 'waters' which destroyed the earth during the time of Noah, Genesis 7: 10-24.
The bible says;
"But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided".
This Wind of God also gives life. In the book of Ezekiel, the bible recorded of how God took prophet Ezekiel to the valley of dry bones and ask him if those bones could live again and he replied ; "O Lord, thou knowest"
Eventually, the bible says God said to Ezekiel;
"Ezekiel, now say to the Wind, "The LORD God commands you to blow from every direction and to breathe life into these dead bodies, so they can live again."
Then Ezekiel said;
"So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army".
Prayer: I invoke the power of God in His Wind just like Prophet Ezekiel did and I pray that everything in your life that seems dead,be it; your marriage, health, business, finances, career, your relationship with God etc, receive life now in the name of Jesus.
As a young boy in the ancient city of Ibadan, I loved Christian songs so much and one of those songs that I was used to back then, which has never left my memory says;
"Oba to n dari afefe,
Wa dari ayo mi si bi ti mowa .
Meaning, the God that directs the wind, direct my blessing to where I am now.
Brethren, I use the lyrics of that song to pray for you and for myself that the Lord Almighty will cause the wind of favour, healing, breakthrough, victory, promotion to blow in our direction in the name of Jesus.
"This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.
'I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the LORD of hosts".
I pray again, God will use the wind to shake the Nations, Governments, Institutions, offices, Churches, families, barriers etc to bring to pass His promises over our lives in Jesus name.
"Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him".
Psalm 115:3 .
Truly, when God wanted to speak to Elijah,the bible
"The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by." Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind.."
1 Kings 19:11.
In other words, God caused the wind to blow before Elijah but He decided not to come in the wind. Our God cannot be boxed to a place. He is Spirit.
Ironically, when Elijah was going to be taken to heaven the bible says:
"Then Elijah went up into heaven in the whirlwind".
2 Kings 2:11.
God took Elijah to heaven in the wind.
Hear me children of God, there is God in the wind!
However, This same God that uses the wind positively to the advantage of His children also uses the wind to rend havoc.
The bible says concerning Jonah who disobeyed God;
"Then the LORD sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.
The bible say the Lord sends both calamity and good.
Remarkably, in the business and legal world, whenever there is natural disaster like: hurricane and tsunami which are usually caused by the wind,we refer to it as ; "act of God".
That in itself is a general admission that God caused the wind to destroy.
Brethren, without any iota of doubt *God is in the wind!* Therefore in order for the wind to be favourable to you, you need to give your life to Jesus who has the power to control the wind.
I pray the wind of God blows peace and all good things of life towards us and our families in the name of Jesus.
Bro Olaniyi Cole
RELEASED ON 24/ SEPTEMBER/ 2019
THE BLOOD OF JESUS!
Simon Peter wrote;
"For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious Blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God".
1 Peter 1:18&19.
Ordinarily, the life of every man depends on the sufficiency of blood in that person.If you drain blood from anybody or animal, there is no way that being can survive it.
That's why God said:
"For the life of the flesh is in the blood.....".
From the moment Adam and Eve disobeyed God
human race fell under the curse of sin and everyone given birth to thereafter came into this world in sin.
That's why the Psalmist said;
"Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me".
The major consequence of that sinful nature is that it separates us from God and alienates us from having a good relationship with God.
The bible says;
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear".
It therefore became necessary for man to be restored back to the original relationship with God.
"Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
Apparently, in order to reconcile the relationship between God and Man, our sins needed to be blotted away. There was need for a cleanser or a purifier because;
"According to the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness".
However, the blood that will redeem mankind and make man have a proper relationship with God is not any kind of blood.
For the bible says;
"For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins".
Neither can the blood of any man suffice for redemption of mankind.
In fact, in the old testament whenever there was need for sacrifice, God usually requires an animal without blemish.
Leviticus 22:20, Exodus 12:5
Similarly, in order to redeem man there was need for someone who is without sin to be sacrificed.
Unfortunately, the bible says;
"For all have sinned.."
However, the bible also says we have a High Priest (Jesus) who was tempted in every way that we are, yet was without sin.
To that effect, Jesus remains the only viable candidate ever lived without sin, who is qualified to redeem mankind.
Notably, we have been bought with a Price...:"
1 Corinthians 6:20.
That Price was not an ordinary one. It is the Blood of Jesus.
The Blood of Jesus redeemed man and availed mankind of the lost fellowship with God;
"But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the Blood of Christ".
Interestingly, our Lord Jesus Christ had earlier attested to the significance of His Blood when He said;
"This is My Blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins".
Brethren, there is no greater sacrifice made on earth than the one did by Jesus on the cross of Calvary for our sins.
That reminds me of that pppular Hymn;
What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.
Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.
For my pardon, this I see,
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus;
For my cleansing this my plea,
Nothing but the Blood of Jesus...
"My friends, the blood of Jesus gives us courage to enter the most holy place".
In other words, the Blood of Jesus reunites us back to the presence of God.
Most people seek protection by pleading the blood of Jesus on everything
that connects to them, however
in order for the Blood of Jesus to have meaningful impact in your life, you
must have given your life to Jesus.
You cannot be on the other side and be pleading the Blood of Jesus.
"You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons".
1 Corinthians 10:21
Consequently, you are only permitted to partake of *Holy Communion* after you must have given your life to Jesus and you have confessed and repented of your sins.
Brethren, there is Power in the Blood of Jesus. Apart from the fact that the Blood is the symbol of redemption for mankind;
Ephesians 2:13, the bible also says;
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.."
In other words, the Blood of Jesus guarantees victory, healing and more importantly, authority over the devil.
Although, this Blood was shed more than two thousand years ago, you can be sure the Blood of Jesus never looses its power.
Hence, we need to be invoking the Power in the Blood of Jesus into our lives regularly.
I pray for myself and for you that, by reason of the Blood of Jesus, any sickness,
disease, failure, stagnation, trial barrenness, bondage, affliction or anything that does not represent God in your life will give way in the name of Jesus.
Significantly, the bible makes us to understand that the blood has a voice. After Cain killed Abel, God said to Cain;
"What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground".
Fortunately for us, "the Blood of Jesus speaks better than the blood of Abel".
Therefore, brothers and sisters; since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the Blood of Jesus, let us do so with faith and with the knowledge of the victory Jesus had over the devil on the Cross.
I pray that,
wherever your name and my name is being mentioned for any evil purpose, the Blood of Jesus will speak for us and grant us victory over our enemies in the name of Jesus. .
When God instructed the Israelites to put blood on the door post of their houses, God said to them;
"When I see the blood, I will pass over you. No plague will fall on you to destroy you.." Exodus 12:13.
I pray again, by reason of the Blood of Jesus that flows inside of me and you, we are covered from evil in the name of Jesus.
Bro Olaniyi Cole